Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Darren It, Gibbo's out Three Months; Injured Schemer's Loss Is a Body Blow

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Darren It, Gibbo's out Three Months; Injured Schemer's Loss Is a Body Blow

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Sports Writer james.hunter@trinitymirror.com @JHUNTERCHRON

CHRIS Coleman will add a central midfielder to his January transfer wishlist with Darron Gibson set to be sidelined for up to three months.

Republic of Ireland international Gibson limped out of Sunderland's New Year's Day defeat against Barnsley with a groin problem which may require surgery - and which is set to rule him out for between eight and 12 weeks.

The Black Cats do not have a direct replacement for Gibson in their squad and are short of numbers in the middle of midfield with Lee Cattermole, Didier Ndong, and Jack Rodwell out injured, while Paddy McNair also has a groin problem.

Coleman said: "We don't really have a straight replacement.

"We have Paddy McNair coming back but he is not quite fit, Catts will not be fit for the weekend and they have different attributes anyway.

"In terms of someone to sit in there and switch play for us, it is something we might have to look at in the window.

"Looking at it now we need something which will help us between now and the end of the season.

"What we will not be doing, though, is making big mistakes - last-minute signings for millions of pounds which do not work out.

"We do not have that kind of money. So any signings we make at the end of the season will go back to their clubs, unless something dramatic happens.

"That is the state of play for us. There is good and bad in that.

"The plus is you don't get stuck with anyone, I can guarantee that will not happen."

Coleman also hinted one or more central midfielders could leave this month, which would make adding new faces all the more urgent.

He added: "A couple of them may not be with us - Ndong, Rodwell - we don't know, so it is a position we need a bit of cover in certainly."

Coleman will look at bringing in youngsters on loan from Premier League clubs in deals which will benefit both the Black Cats and the player - but he admits wages are a stumbling block as far as signing the most exciting up-and-coming talent is concerned. …

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